Church and organ music
The Sibelius Academy's Department of Church Music operates in Helsinki and Kuopio and offers studies in church music, organ, and clavichord. Church music graduates are highly skilled musicians, instructors, and researchers of their field. Teaching in Kuopio is given in Finnish, while in Helsinki it is given in Finnish and Swedish.
The Sibelius Academy Department of Church Music and Organ has premises in Helsinki and Kuopio. In addition to church music, the department offers teaching in solo organ and clavichord. There are three main subject options to choose from: church music, organ studies or clavichord studies.
Church music majors can, in the course of their studies, qualify for a church musician post within the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. A degree in church music without these qualifying studies will still provide students with the skills they will need for other positions in churches and Christian communities. For master's studies, students can specialise in choral conducting, voice, or organ or complete an applied project or a research project. While worship service music is the core of church musician training, other musical skills are essential as well. Thus, the objective of study for students is extensive and versatile musicianship. Teaching in Kuopio is given in Finnish, while in Helsinki it is given in Finnish and Swedish. Individual instruction can also be given in English.
Church music graduates are highly skilled musicians, instructors, and researchers of their field. Church music graduates are part of the everyday life of Finns: they are versatile and, often at smaller localities, the only professionals of music. Organ majors can, after graduating, work as soloists, orchestra musicians, or teachers.
Studies in the church music department will also qualify participants for doctoral study. Doctoral students of church music study in the Arts, Research, or Applied Study Programme. The doctoral degrees available at Sibelius Academy are Licentiate of Music (LMus) and Doctor of Music (DMus). In the past decades, church music students have completed versatile doctoral degrees.
How to apply
Annually, the Sibelius Academy’s takes approximately 30 new church music and organ students and a select few students who will major in the organ. Applicants to the Finnish- and the Swedish-speaking programmes are selected in two separate groups. The applicants are required to have good musical knowledge and skills. In addition, educability and motivation for church music study as well as sufficient skills in Finnish or Swedish are required. The church music programmes in Kuopio and Helsinki conduct a joint entrance examination.
In late 2011, Sibelius Academy’s church and organ music programmes were endowed with the new Helsinki Music Centre Organo Hall, where up to three instruments can be used for teaching and concerts. For student use, the Nervanderinkatu premises and the Kuopio Unit host several other instruments. The Metropolitan region and Kuopio churches are also available for organ and church music teaching.
All University of the Arts Helsinki e-mail addresses are in the form firstname.lastname (at) uniarts.fi
siba.admissions (at) uniarts.fi
Head of Department Jorma Hannikainen
Deputy Head of Department Pekka Suikkanen
Contact information, Kuopio
Head of Department Seppo Kirkinen
Deputy Head of Department Mikko Korhonen
kuopioinfo (at) uniarts.fi